Physics: A Science in Quest of an Ontology
by Wolfgang Smith
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Pub Date 24 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 15 May 2023
In a crowning achievement of his life’s work, Wolfgang Smith resolves modern physics’ schizophrenic perception of reality in his latest discourse, Physics: A Science in Quest of An Ontology. Building on his earlier works, Cosmos and Transcendence, The Quantum Enigma, and The Vertical Ascent, wherein he theorized the existence of two ontologically distinct “levels of being,” the physical and the corporeal domains, and the accompanying principle of vertical causality, Smith now introduces the concept of a third ontological factor, irreducible wholeness, to complete his eloquent proof of a revelatory ontological unity and order that presents physics in a brand new key and restores meaning to science.
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About The Author:
Born in Vienna in 1930, Wolfgang Smith is a distinguished mathematician, physicist, and philosopher of science. Dr. Smith graduated from Cornell University at age 18 with degrees in physics, mathematics, and philosophy. Two years later, he took an M.S. in theoretical physics at Purdue University, following which he climbed the Matterhorn and published extensively on mathematical topics relating to algebraic and differential topology, including the first theoretical solution to the re-entry problem for space flight.
Finding himself irreconcilably at odds with the prevailing Zeitgeist, Dr. Smith decided to forego a professional career in the fields of his primary interest — physics and philosophy — in favor of pure mathematics, and after taking his doctorate at Columbia University, he served as professor of mathematics at M.I.T., U.C.L.A., and Oregon State University until his retirement in 1992.
At heart a philosopher in the most traditional sense, Dr. Smith became deeply attracted to the Platonist and Neoplatonist schools early in life, and ultimately took extensive sojourns in India and the Himalayan regions to gain acquaintance with the Vedantic tradition.
His varied studies and experiences have culminated in a brilliant career as a philosopher, writer, and lecturer in the philosophy of science over the past 30 years. He has published four previous books, as well as many articles dealing with foundational and interdisciplinary problems in physics, especially concerning the distinction between bona fide, scientific truth and scientism, counterfeit, philosophic assumptions widely accepted today as scientific truths.
“Wolfgang Smith is deeply grounded in traditional metaphysics and theology. At the same time, he is a notable scientist well versed in the intricacies of quantum mechanics. He therefore writes with an authority that shines through the pages of his book.”
—Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Philosophy, George Washington Univ.